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The Lessons Learned Online That Will Shape Education After the Pandemic

Ed Surge – Danielle Rose and Eli Kennedy

“Last year presented many challenges and accelerated a number of shifts that were already underway in K-12 education. Even before the pandemic, broadband and mobile technology was expanding connectivity across the globe, hybrid and virtual classrooms were gaining steam in providing personalized learning to students, and project-based learning was proving to be an effective, engaging and increasingly popular pedagogy.” (more)

Six Ways to Build Community in Online Classrooms

KQED News Mind/Shift – Kara Newhouse

“As a longtime theater and English teacher, Leah Calote is intentional about cultivating an environment where students can take risks. “Doing artistic things is so vulnerable,” she said. “You can’t really feel comfortable creating things in a space that you don’t feel safe.” But creating that space remotely is new territory. Since the coronavirus outbreak began last spring, Calote has studied the work of theater companies and literature teachers, engaged with other educators on Twitter and taken online improv classes herself — all in search of ideas to help her students connect. “I knew that that was going to be important online, especially since we haven’t seen each other in so long and we’re not used to socializing in this medium,” said Calote, who teaches at Rancho Campana High School in Camarillo, California.” (more)

Is your child anxious about starting school for the first time? Here’s how you can help

The Conversation – Mandie Shean

“Starting school is an important event for children and a positive experience can set the tone for the rest of their school experience. Some children are excited to attend school for the first time, yet others feel anxious. Back to school anxiety is a widely accepted phenomenon, but there is no data on exactly how many children feel anxious prior to starting school.” (more)

A Reminder That Your Tween Really Needs Extra Help Right Now

The Huffington Post – Catherine Pearson

“Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, parents, educators and mental health experts have paid a lot of attention to taking care of their really young kids, simply because babies, toddlers and early elementary school children require a a lot of hands-on care. And they have spent a lot of time thinking about how teenagers are coping.” (more)

Why a multiscreen classroom is the next big thing

E-School News – Bob Wudeck

“Hybrid-remote learning provides the flexibility and freedom schools, parents, and students need in the current pandemic. However, moving a traditional classroom that’s built for face-to-face delivery to a hybrid-remote environment where instructors are teaching to both students in the classroom and online, often simultaneously, will take more than simply a laptop and a video conferencing application. With only these basic tools, remote students may be positioned to fail while teachers are burdened with an unnatural way to teach and a heavier workload. Enter the multiscreen classroom.” (more)

3 ways our school support students’ mental health during COVID

E-School News – Nicole Detrick

“While COVID-19 has brought health concerns for people of all ages, it has especially brought concern for children’s emotional well-being and students’ mental health.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has taken steps to educate the public on social, emotional, and mental well-being as trauma at a developmental stage could have long-term consequences. At the International School of Indiana (ISI), our staff follows a few tips and strategies to best support students’ mental health in the classroom during COVID-19.” (more)

Five Tips for Teaching Kids Science at Home

Globe Newswire – Stephanie Ryan

“For millions of parents across the world, this is the first time ever that they will have had to take on a homeschooling role. The pandemic has shut schools down completely – on more than one occasion in some locations – and it has understandably worried parents about their children’s long-term education. The home-schooling fatigue is hitting both parents and children alike, and for the more technical subjects like math and science, it’s all the more challenging to keep everyone motivated and interested. Below are some simple tips to teach kids science at home to keep it fun and exciting, even after all these months:” (more)

How the pandemic is driving a shift in student-directed learning

E-School News – Laura Ascione

“While the COVID-19 pandemic has been, to say the least, a struggle for students and educators, it also has revealed a move toward increased student-directed learning, according to the final installment in a series of reports from Project Tomorrow and Blackboard investigating the impact and expectations for digital learning from the point of view of K-12 students, parents, and educators.” (more)